Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A nation's practice or policy of territorial or economic expansion.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The policy, of a nation, of expanding its territory or its economic influence

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A policy of (territorial) expansion.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the doctrine of expanding the territory or the economic influence of a country

Etymologies

From expansion + -ism. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • One of the biggest problems in bringing Israel to its senses, and/or making it accountable for its egregious expansionism, is that the US populace has been cowed into equating anti-zionism with anti-semitism.

    Matthew Yglesias » Getting Closer to Nowhere

  • Today we can be pleased that Soviet expansionism is receding, but can we say that the West no longer needs an organisation to guarantee security and stability?

    The Atlantic Alliance in the 1990's

  • It's all about Zionist "expansionism" stifling the quest for peace and human dignity.

    David Harris: It Takes Two Sides to Achieve Two States, or Why Mearsheimer Is Wrong on Israel

  • When the Texas education board insists that the word "expansionism" (not "imperialism") be used to describe the overseas deeds of the McKinley administration, when it instructs textbook writers to always use the term "free-enterprise" and never the term "capitalism," it isn't doing so because it feels solicitude for imperialists or the big-money set.

    Don't Mess With the Texas Board of Ed

  • Here in America, we pretty up our own 19th Century holocaust against native people in this country with terms like "expansionism" and "manifest destiny".

    Holocaust Deniers

  • Indian "expansionism" has "interfered" in Nepal's political, cultural and economic affairs, the paper said quoting Maoist sources.

    Top Stories - Google News

  • Treaty or no, the Gitmo naval base is a relic of US "expansionism" and gunboat diplomacy.

    Propeller Most Popular Stories

  • Thus even if we neglect dealing with the undesired and undesirable consequences and social costs of such inflationary measures and, for the sake of argument, even if we accept all that the harbingers of "expansionism" advance in favor of inflation, we must realize that the alleged blessings of these policies are shortlived.

    Mises Dailies

  • "expansionism" in describing America's land acquisitions.

    NewsBusters.org - Exposing Liberal Media Bias

  • Soviet expansionism was still very much on our minds.

    The Good Fight

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